Meghan Markle has already confirmed that she and Prince Harry are “really happy and in love“—but the world was still waiting on their public debut, something that’s not taken lightly in the royal world. We had a hint it was coming earlier this morning, and as it turned out, the reports were true: on Saturday, the ginger prince and the Suits actress both attended the Invictus Games, an international athletic competition for soldiers and veterans that’s being held in Toronto through Sept. 30.
Although they didn’t sit together—Harry sat next to First Lady Melania Trump, and Markle sat a few rows away next to her friend Markus Anderson, a consultant for the exclusive Soho House Group and the man who reportedly introduced the pair—this is the first time the pair have attended a public event together.
Markle wore a purple dress and purple leather jacket draped over her shoulders and stood with the rest of the crowd during the Canadian national anthem before cheering on the athletes. Harry, who was sitting one row behind Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was seen smiling and talking to Melania, who he’d met earlier in the day, throughout the event.
In her October Vanity Fair cover story Markle predicted that she and Harry would one day bring their relationship out into the light. “I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time,” she said. “This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”
It seems like they’re trying to have the best of both worlds: publicly confirming their relationship while also retaining some of their privacy. And honestly, good for them. As long as we have ample opportunities to watch this fairy tale romance unfold in real life, we’re happy.
September has been a month of important milestones for the couple. Earlier this month, Markle reportedly had her first meeting with Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. According to sources, that meeting “went well” and will “no doubt be the first of many encounters.” Considering good Harry would need the queen’s permission in order to propose to Markle, that seems like a good sign.
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